Advice to deal with Coronavirus / COVID-19
As you will be well aware, the coronavirus pandemic has escalated and continues to impact all facets of society.
As this situation continues to unfold, we believe it is important to take steps to mitigate the risk associated with this virus.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, says the World Health Organisation.
New Zealand having moved up to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 all routine inspections planned for the next 4-weeks effective from and including March 26th, 2020 are postponed.
Emergency Contracting Work.
If this is related to essential services e.g. power, water, waste, gas then it is likely this can be undertaken during the lockdown period. However, we are waiting confirmation from MBIE on this matter.
In the event of an emergency please contact your property manager. We will take the following precautionary measures:
a) Ask the contractor before they do the work to complete a health declaration statement. If they are unwell an alternative contractor will be contacted.
b) Request you as tenant(s) to complete a health declaration statement before the emergency contracting work commences. Where appropriate and practical all tenants may be requested to vacate whilst the works are completed.
c) Ask you to ensure all surfaces and door handles are wiped down before the contracting work.
d) Recommend that the contractor use gloves or hand sanitiser while completing the work.
Cabinet has agreed to freeze all rent increases.
The economic impact of coronavirus will be far reaching and may result in some New Zealanders having their hours cut back, or even losing their jobs. To minimise job losses, the Government has announced that businesses can apply for wage subsidies to help affected businesses. There is more information here: https://www.employment.govt.nz/leave-and-holidays/other-types-of-leave/coronavirus-workplace/wage-subsidy/
If you believe your work hours will be affected, please advise your employer of this policy and if you are struggling to pay your rent during this time, please let your property manager know before going into arrears.
This is difficult time for all New Zealanders. But if we take precautionary measure, we can do our bit in limiting the spread of coronavirus. It remains an everchanging landscape and we will update you with new developments as appropriate going forward. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact your property manager.
Tracy Ashton - 027 248 8462
Mark Paterson - 0274 655 532
Tracy Baxter -0272 000 844